Shooting
The Countryman's Weekly Magazine
by CMW Editor
9M ago
Ladies show off shooting skills in extreme temperatures By Nigel Housden. I ALWAYS like the unexpected, unplanned and unforeseen, and that is exactly what unfolded when I attended a Ladies Day simulated shoot. Unexpected because, as it turned out, during a very warm September this was to be the day that was virtually the hottest of the year – and without a breath of wind. Not ideal for participants or scorchingly hot-barrelled guns. Unplanned as I am normally more conversant with what I will be photographing throughout a day. Unforeseen – and I hope I am not shot down for this, but the ladies ..read more
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Airgun Review
The Countryman's Weekly Magazine
by CMW Editor
9M ago
The BSA Scorpion TS has a real sting in its tail! By Mark Camoccio. AIRGUNS are no different from any other industry, and manufacturers need to be seen to be bringing out new models periodically, to maintain market presence and keep sales ticking over. BSA have the advantage of being a household name, yet their flurry of new models in recent years has well and truly reinvigorated the brand. New machinery and production processes have grabbed the headlines, yet the very latest model to hit the market, is not so much a groundbreaker, as a re-issued and improved classic. Rationalisation The new S ..read more
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Wildfowling
The Countryman's Weekly Magazine
by CMW Editor
9M ago
An early October morning flight on the washes By Harnser. AS I walk out across the marsh, the first glow of dawn is showing in the eastern sky. Heavy beads of dew soak my boots and the sweet smell of crushed grass and water mint fills the air around me as the dogs race ahead in giddy expectation. Early October is not the ideal time for a morning flight on the washes, and frankly I’m not expecting great things. The home-bred mallard were thoroughly stirred up and dispersed in the first few days of September, and it will be later in the autumn before the main influx of wintering wigeon, teal and ..read more
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Vermin Control
The Countryman's Weekly Magazine
by CMW Editor
9M ago
The trials and tribulations of magpie control By The Hobbler. MAGPIES have become one of the biggest thorns in my side over the last couple of years and conducting control of them is something that is high on my ‘to do’ list, especially when lambing time comes around. We have many corvids that cause us issues when we lamb. The main problem is them landing on the fresh born lambs and pecking at the umbilical cord and eyes, causing death to the lamb that has fallen victim. We have three main offending birds that do this: magpies, carrion crows, and ravens. The crows seem to be in much reduced nu ..read more
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Bohemian fly fishing
The Countryman's Weekly Magazine
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9M ago
DURING the failing moments of the autumn season, some friends and I enjoyed an astonishing week in the beautiful Sumava region of South West Bohemia in the Czech Republic. This was our first visit to the rivers of the area and, sandwiched between fishing trips to France and the legendary San River in Poland, we knew not what to expect. What welcomed us was a landscape which has essentially remained almost unaffected by the Europe-wide avalanche in modern, unsustainable agriculture. We were guests of the enormously hospitable Patrik Jedlička at the hotel in the village of Annin, on the banks of ..read more
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Gamekeeping
The Countryman's Weekly Magazine
by CMW Editor
9M ago
An experiment in the lost art of partridge releasing By John Cowan. PARTRIDGE shooting can take a number of forms, the oldest being ‘walked-up’ where a number of Guns would walk the stubbles, turnip fields or rough ground with Pointers, Setters or spaniels to flush grey or English partridge, depending on which side of the border you were on. At the present time, there will be few places where this type of shooting is practiced, for the simple reason that there are very few areas where grey partridge exist in sufficient numbers to make this type of shooting viable. In the not too distant past ..read more
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The real hunting season is upon us
The Countryman's Weekly Magazine
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9M ago
EARLY November and the real hunting season is upon us. Autumn hunting was difficult for most packs here – too dry (nearly a first!) and far too warm – but useful mornings were put in around the country. My first opening meet was with the Ormond on my own mare. Heavy showers were predicted and for once the forecasters unfortunately got it right! The meet was at The Thatch pub in Crinkle where a warming glass of mulled wine awaited all. Denis O’Sullivan, in his third season, had on 14½ couple of Old English, all looking very well. First whipper-in, Paul McGloyne, was on Field Master duty as the ..read more
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Winter weekends are for woodies
The Countryman's Weekly Magazine
by Best of British
9M ago
By Ian Barnett THE autumn clock change brings both misery and joy for the working hunter. If you don’t work outdoors and are cooped up in a factory, office or shop it comes hard when you arrive at work in the dark and leave for home in the dark. If you enjoy your lamping, either rabbits or foxes, then the early draw of night’s dark curtain is a boon indeed. If, like me, an airgun hunter, you prefer to shoot at a time when you can enjoy the peep of a rising yellow sun or the descent of its crimson crown then winter weekdays bring little sport. At the weekend, however, it all changes. It’s so m ..read more
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Increase your success with fieldcraft
The Countryman's Weekly Magazine
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9M ago
FIELDCRAFT is a subject that is touched upon in many articles including my own. A sound basic knowledge of fieldcraft increases our chances of success tenfold. Fieldcraft is knowing your quarry and its habits, as well as the area you shoot and why and when your quarry is likely to be there. It’s not just about having good equipment and the latest camouflage clothing. We can relate fieldcraft to a number of everyday things. For example, cooking a new dish; it’s simply a case of having all the ingredients to put together and following instructions, and with time and/or experience it becomes sec ..read more
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